In October of 2018, in observance of Dyslexia Awareness Month, 2018 Rogers Scholar Lakin Puckett of Pike County organized Elkhorn City’s first annual Dyslexia Awareness Walk for her Rogers Scholars community service project.

Puckett, a a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program and a junior at East Ridge High School, raised $200 to support awareness of the learning disorder.

“Dyslexia is often diagnosed when a child or adult has more difficulty with reading than their IQ would suggest,” Puckett said. “A person affected with dyslexia is just as capable as anyone else. There are many successful and famous people who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. We want to show that dyslexia is not a disease or a disability, it is a uniqueness.”